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Trouble Next Door

Written by Chris Higgins

Illustrated by Emily MacKenzie

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Trouble Next Door Review

Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Funny Recommended Children's eBooks

In a nutshell: new house, new friend, new adventures |    There’s something fascinating about naughty children, and readers will be captivated by Magda, the co-star of Chris Higgins’s new book. Bella and her family are just moving into a new house in the country. It’s very different to their old home and for Bella the quiet and the pitch black nights will take some getting used to. She’s delighted to discover there’s a girl her own aged living next door and before long Magda and Bella are best friends. However, the things that make Magda so exciting – her non-stop ideas, daring and energy – tend to lead to trouble, particularly for Bella. Do the pros of being Magda’s friend outweigh the cons? This is a lively well-observed story of friendship and self-awareness that readers will completely understand.

If you like Bella and Magda’s story, you’ll also enjoy Jacqueline Wilson’s Sleepovers or the Ally’s World series by KarenMcCombie.  ~ Andrea Reece


Trouble Next Door Synopsis

Bella has just moved into a new house. It's old and dark and she's sure there's a ghost in the attic! But things look up when she meets her new next-door neighbour Magda. Magda is lots of fun! She's bubbly and full of imagination and can even turn cartwheels! Soon they are best friends. But Magda is also trouble! She breaks Bella's mum's best tea set, wrecks Bella's room and covers the whole living room in soot. And somehow makes sure Bella gets the blame for everything. Bella is going to have watch out because there's Trouble Next Door!

Trouble Next Door Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Amatullah Khatun, age 6 - 'What a delightful book!  We really enjoyed reading this little gem. It had us in giggles...It was nice to see multicultural characters in this new book.'
  • Connie Glover, age 7 - 'This book is funny and Magda is the best character. It's one of my favourite books now.'
  • Sam Briggs, age 7 - 'I really like Trouble Next Door because it's funny, spooky, exciting and 'wicked'.'
  • Becca Urquehart, age 7 - 'There is adventure in the book and they always have a way out of their problems.'
  • Diya Budhdeo, age 7 - 'Teaches children not to lie, and this book shows what happens in everyday life....really good read.'
  • Huxley Glen, age 6 - 'This was a very funny book to read with the characters having lots of adventures. The pictures made the story easy to follow.'
  • Rob Anderson, age 7 - 'A gentle, humorous book for early readers.'
  • James McNichol, age 6 - 'This little book sparked a lot of discussion in our house.'
  • Charlie Dunn, age 9  - 'My brother and I liked this story - it's about playing together and having fun! I read this book to my brother who is six years old as I thought he might like it too.'
  • Agnes Daniels, age 6 - 'What a fun book! I loved hearing about Magda and Bella. Magda was definitely my favourite, she's REALLY naughty!'

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ISBN: 9781408868836
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408868836
Publication date: 12th January 2017
Author: Chris Higgins
Illustrator: Emily MacKenzie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Funny
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins was born and brought up in South Wales. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, 4 children, a sheepdog, a rabbit and a goldfish that is very old – well over 20 in fact! For many years she worked as a Secondary school teacher in English and Drama. Chris loves theatre and between writing helps at the Minack, the open-air theatre on the cliffs near Lands End. Chris also loves to travel and is a great believer in taking control of your own life and making the most of your opportunities. Like her first novel, 32C, That’s ...

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